Breakout session #1   9:30 am – 10:45 am

Networking: ‘Who You Know’ is just as critical as What you know!

“Network To Get Work!” This interactive session focuses on this critical success skill.

Name: Dr. Rena Secter Elbaze
Company Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Title Director of Engagement and Education
Biography Rena has been the Director of Engagement and Education at Congregation Shaarey Zedek since September 2016.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Rena earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from the University of Manitoba and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1985.

In the fall of 1986, Rena went to France to work as a language assistant and study for a year. While living in Nice, she met her husband and later married and started a family. She spent over 20 years on the French Riviera during which she earned a Masters in French Literature and later a Doctoral degree in Communications while teaching at several Graduate Business Schools.

Along with her husband and three daughters, Rena, returned to Manitoba in January 2007. Since her return, she has worked for a variety of government agencies including the Economic Development Council for Manitoba’s Bilingual Municipalities (CDEM) and Manitoba Trade and Investment.  More recently, Dr. Elbaze worked in the non-profit sector with Jewish Federation of Winnipeg and Jewish Child and Family Service.

In addition to her work at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Rena has been teaching and developing continuing education courses since 2009 through Extended Education and the Centre for Higher Learning Research and Development at the University of Manitoba.


Name: Cec Hanec 
Company Cec Hanec & Associates Inc.,
Title President, Owner
Biography Cec Hanec, President, Owner of Cec Hanec & Associates Inc., through creative, customized solutions for the ‘people side’ of business, delivers leadership coaching and performance enhancement services for companies, organizations and individuals wanting to improve their hiring, retention, communication and performance management practices.

Cec is an acknowledged leader in innovative solutions and processes that energize and inspire businesses, organizations, government and individuals to be productive and successful- drawing on her experience and expertise as a Leadership Coach, Personal Business Coach, Facilitator, Presenter and Trainer.